Dec. 13, 2013 | 11:09 a.m.

‘Spider-Man’ spinoffs: Venom, Sinister Six to get movie treatment

Peter Parker’s big screen universe just got a whole lot bigger. Sony has announced plans for new movies about Spider-Man’s nemesis Venom and the collective of bad guys known as the Sinister Six via its Electro Arrives website. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon will write the screenplay for “Venom,” while Drew Goddard will write, and potentially direct, “The Sinister Six,” focusing on the the villains in the franchise. Additionally, Kurtzman, Orci and Jeff Pinkner will write the script for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” which is set to arrive in theaters June 10, 2016. It’s been a busy time for the webslinger in terms of news. On Dec. 5, an action-packed trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ arrived, showcasing Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker facing off against a number of foes, including Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 8:38 a.m.

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Spidey sequel set for IMAX release

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is set to swing into IMAX theaters. The anticipated sequel from director Marc Webb (“[500] Days of Summer”) will land in IMAX 3D, as well as conventional movie screens, when it opens next summer. The film, in which Andrew Garfield returns in the role of Peter Parker/Spidey, will begin its international roll out April 16, 2014, and will debut in North America on May 2. It’s a busy time for the webslinger in terms of news. Last week, an action-packed trailer debuted for the movie, the follow-up to 2012′s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,” also directed by Webb. In the clip, Spider-Man faces off against a number of foes, including Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro and Chris Cooper’s Green Goblin. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ also sees Emma Stone return as Parker’s gal pal Gwen Stacy, with Cooper and Dane DeHaan […]
Dec. 05, 2013 | 8:46 a.m.

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ trailer: Electro, Green Goblin, massive action

The new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ showcases lots — and we really mean lots — of Spidey action, with the web slinger going up against not just Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro but also Chris Cooper’s Green Goblin. “Every day I wake up knowing that the more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make,”  says Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker at the beginning of the clip. The trailer then shows just how many enemies, and how much destruction, will be unleashed in the sequel, due May 2. Like its predecessor, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the new film is directed by Marc Webb (“[500] Days of Summer”). Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy, with Cooper and Dane DeHaan joining the cast as Norman Osborn and his son, Harry. Sally Field also reprises her role as Peter’s Aunt May, […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.

NYCC: ‘Superior Spider-Man’ details, ‘Captain Marvel’ relaunch, more

Marvel ended its parade of All-New Marvel Now title announcements Sunday afternoon during its “Superior Spider-Man” panel at New York Comic Con, revealing that 2014 will bring No. 1’s for a cosmic “Captain Marvel,” an independent-from-Daredevil “Elektra,” an L.A.-bound “The Punisher” and a reunited (and expanded) team of “New Warriors.” The first unveiling, though, dealt with the hour’s titular largely reformed-villain’s-consciousness-in-a-hero’s-body: The project from writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli that had been teased as “The End,” will be February’s “Superior Spider-Man” No. 27.NOW, in an arc called “Goblin Nation.” (Yes, before the end, later this year a new Green Goblin will arise. More on that later.) “Everything, everything that’s been happening in ‘Superior Spider-Man’ so far has all just been setting up dominoes,” Slott said. “Bam! They’re all going down. Everything leads to this. Green Goblin on this […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 2:00 p.m.

‘Marvel Universe Live’: Behind the scenes of a superhero arena show

Lauren Stark auditions for "Marvel Universe Live" at the Cirque School in Hollywood on Sept. 14, 2013. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Kirk Jenkins doesn’t seem to notice the young woman suspended in the air in front of him, contorting her body through a hoop, or the man in a nearby corner, spinning a fighting stick. Instead, Jenkins sits on the side of the room of the Cirque School studio in Hollywood, intently focused on the steel blades in his hands. The Wolverine-reminiscent weapons are called kamas, and Jenkins grips them with controlled strength as he quietly goes through the motions of his 30-second audition routine. Jenkins, 24, who flew to Los Angeles from his home in Warrenton, Va., along with his father and coach Ron Jenkins, is one of hundreds of people to audition for “Marvel Universe Live,” a live-action arena stunt show that will unite many of Marvel’s most popular superheroes, including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers. The Los […]
July 19, 2013 | 10:40 a.m.

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ teaser introduces Jamie Foxx’s Electro

Jamie Foxx on the New York set of "Amazing Spider-Man 2" on April 15, 2013. Foxx plays villain Electro in the sequel. (Bobby Bank / WireImage)
Fans whose spider-sense has been tingling in anticipation of more “Amazing Spider-Man 2” news can now sneak a peek — and a listen — at Jamie Foxx in character as the supervillain Electro. A new 42-second teaser video, embedded below, opens with Electro obscured amid a tangle of wires while strapped onto some sort of high-tech gurney. As the camera pores over the equipment, Foxx says in an ominous whisper, “No matter what you do … you can’t contain me. You want to know how powerful I am? Well I want to know too.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Finally, a shot reveals the villain’s visage, with eerie bluish skin and a bald head, as he says, “I’m Electro.” Electro’s look in the movie is markedly different from his counterpart in the classic Spidey comics, in which he wears […]
June 18, 2013 | 5:18 p.m.

Joe Keatinge introduces Morbius to the Superior Spider-Man

"Morbius, the Living Vampire" (featured image)
Morbius and Spider-Man go way back: The living vampire was first introduced to Marvel Comics readers in the pages of “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 1971. And it’s been a turbulent relationship, at best. But Morbius and the Superior Spider-Man – still Peter Parker’s body, but now controlled by the consciousness of arch-nemesis Dr. Octopus – will first cross paths Wednesday in “Morbius, the Living Vampire” No. 6, and writer Joe Keatinge is making the introduction. The tragic Michael Morbius is, as Keatinge had the character introduce himself in No. 1, “vampire-ish” – he has a taste for blood, yes, but also for garlic (especially in a nice pesto dish). His vampire traits came not from the bite of a bloodsucker, but from a failed experiment to rid him of a rare blood disorder. So far in the new series the […]
June 17, 2013 | 1:10 p.m.

‘Amazing Spider-Man’ gets more sequels: Third and fourth movies set

'Amazing Spider-Man' Emma Stone (featured image)
“The Amazing Spider-Man” is gearing up for more cinematic adventures. Sony announced Monday that the third and fourth installments in the saga of Peter Parker, as played by Andrew Garfield, are set for release on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018. “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years,” said Jeff Blake, Sony’s chairman, worldwide marketing and distribution, in a statement. In the more immediate future, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the sequel to 2012′s Garfield-starring “The Amazing Spider-Man” is due out May 2, 2014, and like its predecessor, is directed by Marc Webb (“[500] Days of Summer”). Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy, with Shailene Woodley joining the cast as Mary Jane Watson, Chris Cooper […]
April 16, 2013 | 7:33 p.m.

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Jamie Foxx is blue in the face as Electro

Jamie Foxx on the New York set of "Amazing Spider-Man 2" on April 15, 2013. Foxx plays villain Electro in the sequel. (Bobby Bank / WireImage)
Fans can get a first look at “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ villain Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, in new photos snapped on the film’s set. The photos, taken while the filmmakers were shooting in New York’s Times Square, show Foxx wearing creepy blue makeup and prosthetics, as well as an LED-lined hoodie, revealing an Electro that might not be familiar to some fans of the classic villain. In the original comics, Electro is an electrician named Max Dillon who gains the ability to generate and control electricity after he’s struck by lightning while repairing a power line. He turns to a life of organized crime. The character, who first appeared in 1964, is typically seen wearing a green suit and a yellow lightning bolt mask. But Foxx’s Electro appears to be more closely modeled on the Ultimate version of the […]
April 01, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

WonderCon 2013: ‘Spider-Man’s’ Slott shares maybe more than he wanted

Dan Slott poses with a fan at Fan Expo 2012 in Toronto. (Marvel)
“Superior Spider-Man” writer Dan Slott may have shared more with the audience at his WonderCon spotlight panel Sunday than he’d intended. After a technical worker hooked up Slott’s laptop to the large display screens in the room at the Anaheim Convention Center, the writer’s desktop was visible, and it included a couple of items labeled with the name of a different Marvel hero: the Silver Surfer. “What in here should you not see?” he said as he began looking it over and rearranging items. “This is dangerous,” he said a few minutes later. Asked about the Surfer, Slott told the crowd that Marvel has “cosmic stuff” in the works and said, “It would be fun, and I’m, you know, toying around with it — I won’t lie, I am toying around with the idea. But let’s be serious — I’m […]
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